Entries Tagged as Nyingma

Dorje Drolo (Padmasambhava) Main Page - Updated

June 06, 2013 ·

The Dorje Drolo Main Page has been updated with additional images and information.

Dorje Drolo is a wrathful emanation of Padmasambhava and most often associated with the set of Eight Main Manifestations and the life story of Guru Rinpoche. He also functions as a guruyoga practice/meditational deity.

For the purpose of subduing daemons and spirits of Tibet and the surrounding Himalayan regions Padmasambhava, at the thirteen mountain retreats each known as the Tiger's Den, appeared as the wrathful Dorje Drolo. At many of these locations Guru Rinpoche left impressions of his feet and hands in the rocks. The Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava belong to the Revealed Treasure (Terma) of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Padmasambhava Main Page - Updated

April 08, 2012 ·

The Padmasambhava Main Page has been updated and organized.

Along with Trisong Detsen and Shantarakshita, Padmasambhava is considered one of the principal early teachers to bring Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century, Padmasambhava has numerous forms representing outer, inner and secret aspects of his spiritual being.

Within the Oral (Kama) Tradition of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava was born in Northern India as the son of a king, or minister. In the Revealed Treasure (Terma) Tradition he was born on a lotus in Dhanakosha lake as an emanation of the Buddha Amitabha. There is even some evidence to suggest that Padmasambhava came from South India and that he was the brother-in-law of the Indian Abbott Shantarakshita, builder of the first monastery in Tibet. (See Padmasambhava Life-story Painting).

Padmasambhava: Forms & Subjects:
- Padmasambhava Outline
- Padmasambhava Iconography Sub-sets Outline
- Life Story Paintings (Miscellaneous)
- Life Story Painting Set: Shechen
- Life Story & Eight Forms (Single Painting)
- Eight Forms (All Images)
- Eight Forms Outline
- Eight Forms: Dege Blockprints
- Eight Forms: Prajnaparamita Text
- Eight Forms: Tibet House Set
- Terma Representations
- Totreng Tsal: Five Forms
- Meditational Forms Outline
- Copper Coloured Mountain
- Copper Coloured Mountain (Chogyur Lingpa)
- Yeshe Tsogyal
- Twenty-five Disciples
- Others....


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Heruka Deities in Nyingma - Outline Page Added

April 14, 2011 ·

A new Nyingma Heruka Outline Page has been added to the Nyingma Heruka Main Page.

The early Nyingma Tradition had two principal systems of deity meditation: [1] the Peaceful & Wrathful Deities of the Guhyagarbha Tantra and [2] the Eight Pronouncement Heruka. Over time and with the rise of the 'Revealed Treasure' (Terma) teachings numerous [3] meditational forms of Padmasambhava grew in popularity essentially creating an additional third category of deity meditation types.
[1] Peaceful & Wrathful Deities of the Guhyagarbha Tantra (Shitro)
[2] Eight Pronouncement Heruka (Kagye)
[3] Meditational forms of Padmasambhava (Terma)

In the Nyingma Tradition the term Heruka (blood drinker) generally refers to any male-meditational deity, wrathful in appearance, typically with three faces, six arms, four legs, wings and a consort. There are eight famous Nyingma Heruka deities. Aside from those principal eight deities other deities with a semi-peaceful - semi-wrathful appearance, arising from specific Revealed Treasure Traditions, may also be referred to as Heruka.

Eight Pronouncement Heruka:
1. Yamari (Manjushri Krodha) - body - Manjushrimitra.
2. Hayagriva - speech - Nagarjuna.
3. Shri Heruka - mind - Humkara.
4. Vajramrita - quality - Vimalamitra.
5. Vajrakila - activity - Padmasambhava.
6. Mamo Botong (Matarah) - Dhanasamskrita.
7. Jigten Choto (Lokastotrapuja) - Rambuguhya.
8. Mopa Dranag (Vajramantrabhiru) - Shantigarbha.
9. Mahottara Heruka

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Mindroling Tradition Outline Page

February 21, 2011 ·

The Mindroling Monastery was founded in 1676 by Terdag Lingpa Gyurme Dorje (1646-1714). In the 19th century Mindroling was included as one of the six great monastic institutions of the Nyingma Tradition along with others, both new and old, such as Katog, Dorje Drag, Payul, Shechen  and Dzogchen. Some of the art and iconography of Mindroling is distinctive because of either identifiable historical figures like Terdag Lingpa, unique iconography or name inscriptions written on the paintings or sculpture.

Generally with Nyingma art, when it is possible to identify a sub-tradition, it can be contextualized either by monastic institution or by individual lineage  - 'kama' or 'terma' - such as with Pema Lingpa, Dorje Lingpa, Dudjom Lingpa, etc.

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Twenty-five Disciples Outline Page

December 31, 2010 ·

An Outline Page for the Twenty-five Disciples of Padmasambhava has been uploaded as part of the re-structuring of the Nyingma Tradition pages. Another page listing all of the individual disciples along with images and short biographies will be uploaded soon.

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Nyingma Tradition Outline Page - Updated

December 31, 2010 ·

An Outline Page for the Nyingma Tradition has been added although in the draft stage for a long time. The outline page needs more work and many sub pages need to be created to deal with such a large topic and the multitude of branch subjects.

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Guhyagarbha Tantra Art Page

March 08, 2010 ·

In the Nyingma Tradition the Guhyagarbha Tantra (8th to 10th century) is considered the most important of all Tantras. It describes two basic mandala configurations - one of forty-two peaceful deities and another of fifty-eight wrathful deities. There is a clear organization and a structured hierarchy in the Tantra and the two mandalas. There is also a clear relationship between the deities of the Guhyagarbha Tantra and the various Tibetan traditions of the Bardo Todal (Tibetan Book of the Dead).


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Art of the Yutog Nyingtig Terma Cycle

February 16, 2010 ·

The Yutog Nyingtig, or Heart Essence of Yutog, is named after Yutog Yontan Gonpo the famous Tibetan Doctor of the 8-9th century Tibet. The art relating to this subject are images of (1) Yutog Yontan Gonpo, images of the meditational deity and retinue (2) Hayagriva, and images of the special protector of the teachings (3) Guhyanata Mahakala and his eight deity retinue. Partial sets of paintings, sculpture and initiation cards are represented in the HAR database.

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